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Philippine Entertainment: Philippine Movies Now Available At Facebook

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2011 by South Arts Festival

Just One Of Many Movies Available On Facebook

The popular mobile Internet messenger company Chikka is launching Chikka Cine via Facebook.

This service which links up social media and cinematic entertainment will provide Filipino Facebook users in North America the privilege to watch mainstream Filipino movies. This means no more missed shows because of location concerns.

With Chikka teaming-up with new company Mav Shack, the movie streaming feature gets a thrilling start with two recent blockbusters, namely, “In Your Eyes” and “Petrang Kabayo” up for screening. Facebook users can avail of this by simply hitting the “Like” button on Mav Shack’s Page.

The new media service offering will be free for the entire month of November. Both movies that respectively star multi-awarded actress Anne Curtis and current sensation Vice Ganda, belong to the talent stable of Viva Films, with which Mav Shack has tied up.

With the movie streaming over the USA and Canada territories, OFWs, Fil-Ams and Fil-Canadians in the region would “feel at home” with Chikka Cine’s entertainment offerings. As a bonus, viewers of the said movies would be instant participants in a raffle. Two winners get round trip tickets to the Philippines, including all-expense paid weekend to island paradise Boracay.

Chikka, which recently produced Chikka Live – a live video streaming service innovation that captivated thousands of viewers worldwide, is now available in multiple formats and browsers on all personal computers and handheld devices.

By developing fresh content that fuses social media, Chikka, as an instant messaging innovator, continuously helps its telco partners adapt to the new digital environment via more utilities for new-generation users.

Mav Shack, on the other hand, is an over-the-top service online that streams content such as movies, radio programs, and concerts over the Internet. Its service is available on desktops via its URL and Facebook page. A new application/widget will soon be ready for subscribers to see the selected movies from Smart Phones supported by Android and iOS, like iPhone and iPad.

While those films are already available, subscribers can expect more Filipino flicks from Viva Films through Chikka Cine and Mav Shack.

Philippine Television: Urbantribe Is Making Waves On Philippine TV

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Entertainment, Philippine Music, Philippine Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2009 by South Arts Festival

Tribomanila is a five-piece band that fuses electronic music with funky percussive beats that have people going crazy on the dance floor. Founded by Dj Roberto “Danger” Sanchez, Tribomanila was initially created to add some spice to the Philippine night life scene. However, at present, Tribomanila is making more noise on television, particularly in TV5.

Urbantribe is the name of the show that features the members of TribomanilaMinco Fabregas, Marcus Maguidad, DJ Roberto “Danger” Sanchez, Stefan Loewenstein and Alvin Cornista – who host various segments in this magazine format show that airs every Monday night at 11:30pm on TV5.



“Pinoy Beat” is a segment hosted by drummer Minco Fabregas, who also came up with the idea of the show while studying in film school in Cebu. The segment featues one-on-one interviews with Filipino achievers and leaders “Pogi Points” is a segment hosted by Stefan Loewenstein of Austria and Alvin Cornista of Canada, who give a humorous foreigner’s view on the Pinoy culture. “Downtime Zone” is hosted by the affable DJ Roberto “Danger” Sanchez, who gives tips to unwind and relax. While “Wingman” is hosted by Marcus Maguidad, who gives tips to males on things like dealing with chicks, gadgets and online finds.

Urbantribe is certainly making a lot of waves, and earning a lot of loyal support from viewers. Of course, the band Tribomanila is very sought after with their brand of electronic and indigenous fusion. Stefan plays the Timbales; Marcus does some beat-box and plays the percussions; Minco has a steady hand on the drums; Alvin adds some depth with the saxophone; and Danger puts a Latin-house foundation mix with the turntable.

And then – they also have their day jobs – Minco dabbles in mkaing AVPs and commercials; Marcus writes for a magazine; Stefan promotes a bar and cafe and Danger runs a DJ school.

“The challenge for us now is marketing the show. It’s not just about coming up with content, filming it and editing it but also selling the segments [to sponsors],” Minco said.

Hey, people, sponsorship. Show Tribomanila the money!!!

Check out video clips of Urbantribe in the Urbantribe TV Show Facebook Fan Page.

The Hottest Male Magazine For Filipino Men

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Entertainment, Philippine Lifestyle, Philippine News with tags , , on August 11, 2008 by South Arts Festival

I got this in an e-mail from my dad, who is now based in Australia. He sends me stuff every day in my e-mail. Most I don’t bother to even check. What can I say – he’s a frigging spammer!!! Yup, with all the chain-mails, Word For The Day Bible Passages, Joke of The Day and all sorts of other stuff. He has to type, “JJ: Important!” for me to distinguish the spam mail from the more serious ones. Anyway, once in a while, I get to browse through the not-so-important stuff, and once in a while a thing of beauty comes along. Take for example:

The Hottest Magazine For Filipino Men

The Hottest Magazine For Filipino Men

Karaoke World Championships 2008 at Lahti, Finland

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Entertainment, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2008 by South Arts Festival
2007 Karaoke World Championship Winners Julie Walter-Sgro and  Lu Hee Wah

2007 Karaoke World Championship Winners Julie Walter-Sgro and Lu Hee Wah

Laugh at the title, but it really is true!

The Karaoke World Championships began in 2003 with 7 countries participating, and as of 2007, it features nearly 30 countries worldwide. There are national trials conducted by each participating country every year, and the winners (one male and one female) are sent to the international finals for the Karaoke World Championships.

The Karaoke World Championships finals were held in Finland from 2003 until 2005, and in 2006, the finals were held aboard the M/S Galaxy while cruising the Baltic sea from Helsinki to Estonia. In 2007, the finals were held in Thailand. In 2008, it returns to Finland.

Last year’s champions were Julie Walter-Sgro (female, Australia) and Lu Hee Wah (male, Malaysia)

The participating countries include USA, UK, Thailand, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Finland (of course!), Kuwait, Kenya, South Africa and so much more. BUT! (And a very BIG BUT HERE!) there is no Philippines!!!

Yup, our Southeast Asian neighbors – Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong – are all represented, but there is still no Philippines. Hmmm. Well, not for long.

Enterprising businessman Nino Villongco has taken the initiative of including the Philippines in the 2008 Karaoke World Championships which will be held form October 23rd to October 25th, 2008 in Lahti, Finland. Nino Villongco owns the franchise for the Philippine Karaoke Championships, which will be the official body that will send one male and one female representative to the Karaoke World Championships every year starting 2008.

At present, Nino Villongco is getting things together with sponsors, business partners and media partners in order to hold a series of events between August to September in order to be able to award the Karaoke Philippine champions the privilege to represent the country in the Karaoke World Championships. Think American Idol with an international stage.

Anyway, the Philippines Fun Wall will be announcing the event dates soon, but time is of the essence. Nino Villongco hopes that the elimination events will start soon, so we can get headed to the Karaoke Philippine Grand Finals and come up with the two winners, and also to give these two winners some time to practice before heading to the Karaoke World Championships in Finland.

Nino Villongco envisions this event to be growing annually in participation volume, and also in terms of event revenue. Of course, not to mention the fact that the Philippines can seriously bring home a Gold Medal in Karaoke World Championships.

So who can join? Well, as long as you’re not signed in as a recording artist with any professional recording label, then I guess you’re qualified. I believe you can read more about the requirements in the official site of the Karaoke World Championships.

Meanwhile, keep visiting the Philippines Fun Wall to find out more on the upcoming events. Also, take a peek into a glimpse of the Karaoke World Championship by checking out the video summarizing the events of the 2007 Karaoke World Championships, held in Thailand.

Philippine Film Review: 100

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Film, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , on August 9, 2008 by South Arts Festival

100, written and directed by Chris Martinez, was the only movie that I got to watch during the Cinemalya 2008 film festival. I watched primarily because my best friend Ryan Eigenmann and good friends Mylene Dizon and TJ Trinidad were in the movie. I attended the gala night of 100, which was shown at the CCP Main Theater. First, I bought a P100 ticket since Ryan EIgenmann was running late, and managed getting a seat at the bleachers. When Ryan arrived and called me, I met him at the lobby, and we transferred to the reserved seats they had for him.

I had only seen a bit of the beginning sequence, and skipped about 5 minutes before resuming the movie, which was the scene where Mylene is finishing up her last day of work. Anyway, of course, we finished the movie.

To quote 100’s film synopsis from what I guess would be the PR pack, it says: “100 chronicles the last 3 months of a cancer-stricken woman who has a list of things to do before she dies. 100 stars Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, Tessie Tomas, Simon Ibarra, Ryan Eigenmann and TJ Trinidad.”

Writer/Director Chris Martinez, sums it up as: “100 is a celebration of the senses and what life has to offer.”

Now, throughout the movie, we see Mylene Dizon‘s character putting up some post-its on her dresser as a list of things to do before she dies – dealing with the closure of her life, settling things, and living a fulfilled life to do all the things she’s ever wanted. At first, the post-it strategy in the movie works well, but then it does get tiresome. There are post-its that say Kare-Kare, Crispy Pata, Ben & Jerry’s, Haagen Dasz, Leche Flan and we see Mylene go through a seemingly lengthy scene chowing away at these foods in the most gluttonous manner. Well, the scenes were entertaining. It was enjoyable watching Mylene pig-out! But then, the scene cuts back to the post-its of these food items and are peeled away from the dresser one by one, signifying its accomplishment. Itemizing the food gets rather tiresome. It could’ve been improved to be put on one post-it that says: “EAT MY FAVORITE FOOD!”

In another scene where Mylene’s character was turning over all office documents and having her former secretary prepare a list of stuff for her funeral (iPod, pictures, labels, whom to call, casket), it’s seems odd that there has to be a specific post-it for stuff like casket, iPod, etc. Once again, all of that could’ve been summed up in one post-it, saying something like “FINALIZE FUNERAL PREPARATIONS”

The title of 100 is vague to begin with, and somehow it makes you enter the movie with the suggestion of Frank Miller’s 300 in the back of your head. But though the course of the movie you get to see that 100 means a list of 100 things to do before death. But like I said earlier, the tool of using the post-it was used throughout the movie so many times. After each accomplishment or task, we revert back to the post-it and see it taken down and then look again to a new post-it with a new task to announce the upcoming scene of the movie. It works well at first, but then it becomes a chapterizing of sequences, which doesn’t leave much to the audience imagination, such as “sunset at the beach, skinny-dipping” – things like that. There’s even a post-it that sayas “Picture with Brad Pitt” and the accomplishment of the task was a photograph taken with Brad Pitt’s true-to-life wax model at some wax museum in Hong Kong. A bit witty, but in a list of 100 things to do before death, would a picture with a wax model really be a defining moment, or same with the picture with Mickey Mouse or a trip to the HK night market? or ride a cable car? The entire 20 or so things to do in Hong Kong could’ve been summarized in one post-it: “HONG KONG TRIP WITH MY BEST FRIEND” – without having to rub it into the audience’s faces that picture with Brad Pitt actually had its own post-it.

At the end of the movie, I’m left to thinking the title could’ve been 100 POST-ITS. Or at best 100 could’ve been reduced to 15 had the words been carefully chosen and probably given some good metaphor and poetry into them.

I also have a knack of finding mistakes on certain scenes, and Ryan’s girlfriend Cathy Bordalba and myself noticed that during a conversation between Ryan’s character and Mylene’s character during a rainy night inside her CRV, there was rain on the driver’s side, but it didn’t quite reach the passenger side as Ryan was exiting. Fake rain, and it wasn’t even enough to cover the car. So, on one part of the frame, you see heavy rain, and on one side there weren’t even raindrops pattering on the sidewalk. The editor, at least, should’ve noticed.

Well, I didn’t get to see the other movies that were featured in the 2008 Cinemalaya, and I was being urged by several film-goers to watch Jay. Unfortunately, I never found the time. I heard that it was “THE best movie” by far among the 10 finalists of Cinemalya 2008. I really didn’t give myself the opportunity to find out.

Nevertheless, the awards were released at the end of the Cinemalaya Film Festival, and the breakdown of the awards for the 2008 Cinemalaya goes something like: Best Full-Length Feature – Jay by Francis Xavier Pasion, Best Actor Baron Geisler for Jay, Best Editing Kate Serraon, Chuck Gutierrez and Francis Pasion for Jay, Special Jury Prize Brutus by Tara Illenberger, Best Supporting Actor Yul Servo for Brutus, Best Original Score Joey Ayala for Brutus, Best Cinematography was tied between Jay Abello for Brutus and Dan Villegas for Huling Pasada, Best Sound Toto Sorioso and Lito Cruz for Ranchero, Best Production Design Cristina Honrado for Baby Angelo.

100 of Chris Martinez won 5 awards: Best Direction and Best Screenplay Chris Martinez, Best Actress Mylene Dizon, Best Supporting Actress Eugene Domingo and the Audience Choice Award.

Despite my earlier complaints, I still do feel that 100 was a good movie. The characters were played really well. Wala akong masabi: MAGALING SI MYLENE DIZON! And it was amazing that they had shot at some awesome locations, such as the Lady of Manaoag Church and Quiapo Church. Interesting sceneries there, and the showcasing of how the FIlipino culture (at least, in our Lady of Manaoag Church and Quiapo) have all sorts of “cures” for the hopeless and despaired.

It was also quite interesting going through the motions of the lengths people go through in order to try and battle their sicknesses – to try everything from general medicine practice to other methods like herbal treatments, pilgrimages to churches, faith healers and what-have-you to preserve life.

Of course, the themes and scenes on the living of life, the light moments, the laughter, the tears – it was a moving movie (i’ve always wanted to use that play on words). A particular scene that leaves a lasting impression is the skinny-dipping scene of the film’s four ladies, which include the character of Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, Tessie Tomas and the butch who played Tessie Tomas’ driver!!! That was probably why it won the Audience Choice Award.

That, and the marijuana scene at some place where Mylene comes out of a hot-boxed smoke-filled room. Well, naturally, a pothead like me would remember.

Of course, I also enjoyed Ryan Eigenmann’s character – and without being biased since he’s my good friend – he really did well. At first, I was under the impression that he was playing a gay role, but then he turned out being a … Well, I shouldn’t give it out in case you haven’t seen it. Everything else, but that. But yeah – he did well. I remember telling him in the middle of the movie, “Kapal ng mukha mo!” but only in jest. Ryan Eigenmann did well.

I also enjoyed Timmy Eigenmann‘s (or Sid Lucero’s) cameo. I don’t mind coming out in movies and having cameos like that.

Anyway – please do share information on the Philippines Fun Wall if there will be future screenings of 100 and the other film finalists of Cinemalaya 2008, especially Jay and Brutus.